I love Parker Palmer's work -- and yet I'm about to give up on audio books because the performer/narrators' readings are killing me. I had a hard time listening to this. Scott Woodside has a fine voice, but the way his performance is robotic. It's too evenly timed in a way that makes it hard to listen to. He sounds like he recorded himself saying 8,000,000 words and then a computer puts them together to make the narration. Each - word - is - its - own - moment - evenly - across - the - book. Wish I just went for the ebook. [Not sure the story rating has anything to do with this particular book.] Thinking its about time to cancel my audible account. Who says ped-o-gog-ee? How about ped-o-goj-ee?
I can't say much about the story. I didn't get very far into it. The reader's delivery was irritating. The shame was I got this based on a online recommendation that this was a book better listened to then read.
This book was more the author's personal life (her relationship and work) than actual class between her culture's parenting and parenting in France. She presents herself as a type of New York mom that I can't related to despite being from the US -- so the idea that it is US parenting vs French parenting falls flat.
Readers who do accents crack me up! My partner overheard this book and kept making fun of the reader's faux French accent. Made for lasting amusement whenever we discuss parenting...
I would recommend the "French Children Eat Everything" book. It is more focused on eating/feeding differences. And at least for me, I could relate more to the author of that book. [And I read it rather than listening.]
I am a fan of the topic, but I have a hard time listening to this book given the reader's voice, tone, and prosody. Since she is reading a book that is in first person, I'm connecting the author with the reader... and drawing a bad impression of the author (unfortunately). I'm fighting it, but it is so automatic.
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